KansasFest 2020: Goodbye 2019 – Welcome 2020

Robert Woodhead of Sir-Tech Software, well-known as the co-creator of the Wizardry series of computer role-playing games, will be this year’s Keynote speaker as KansasFest 2020 celebrates the 43rd anniversary of the Apple II in Kansas City, Missouri from July 121-26.

With hands-on workshops and so much more, there are experiences to be had and memories to be made at KansasFest. Meet new friends, learn new things, enjoy the HackFest, compete in the Wacky Tie contest, and remember the golden age of the Apple II. Take it from past attendees: You will be more than glad that you attended.


Check out last year’s Keynote and group photo – be part of this year’s event:


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Meeting Idea: Use Voice Control on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

Need a short how-to presentation for your group’s next meeting? Why not use Apple Support’s Voice Control Article for a quick and interesting topic?

This month, take a look at “Use Voice Control on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch”

Ambassadors: February is a great time to use Apple Support


Meeting Idea: Apple News – Special coverage of the 2020 presidential election

It can be hard to find reliable and trustworthy news in this election cycle. The good news is that Apple has just released a new resource: Coverage of the 2020 Election from Trusted News Sources, Curated by Apple News, with reporting and analysis from ABC News, CBS News, CNN, FiveThirtyEight, Fox News, NBC News, ProPublica, Reuters, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, TIME, USA Today and others. The resource will cover curated news and guides related to all political viewpoints, often in real time, from the primaries, to conventions, November election, and everything in between. 

This month, check out Apple News.



Meeting Idea: Apple Maps

Need a presentation for your group’s next meeting? Why not offer a look at the new Apple Maps? You already know that the new Apple Maps provides better road coverage and pedestrian data, more precise addresses, and amazingly detailed land cover, but did you know there are lot of new features? Look Around’s high resolution imagery, Collections list-building capabilities, one-tap navigation via Favorites, flight status, Indoor Maps for airports and malls, Share ETA, real-time transit, Siri Natural Language Guidance, proactive suggestions, and Flyover make for a great experience.

This month, check out Apple Maps.


Ambassadors: February is a great month to check out Apple Newsroom offerings.

Nicholas Pyers Presents: Avoid Presentation Disasters

auo-logo-full-steel-greyOne way to avoid a presentation disaster is planning ahead for a presentation kit. Nicholas Pyers of AppleUsers.org offers us a look at the cables, adaptors and accessories that any group conducting presentations on regular basis should consider having on hand. By being prepared, you can be sure that if your presenter arrives with the wrong(or no) cable or adapter, the show will go on. Check it out!



January’s Featured Vendor: Dan’s Tutorials

Have you been lucky enough to use Noteboom Tutorials? If so, you know that Dan Wassink’s tutorials are user friendly, helping users get the most out of their Apple Devices through easy-to-follow video tutorials, tips, and online chat support.

The good news is that Dan has a new site for his wonderful tutorials and the site has an easy-to-remember name: Dan’s Tutorials. The new site offers so much more, letting users add notes that can be retrieved at any time, quickly access a desired topic or tip, drill down to a specific skill or technique, and favorite tutorials to quickly access them again, all in a distraction-free environment. In addition, Dan’s Tutorials has an unusual feature that helps subscribers save money: users can pause a subscription at any time and resume when they are ready to learn new skills. Apple centric? Of course! Course tracking? Yep! Affordable? Very affordable: your subscription covers every tutorial in the system, with no hidden fees. Current? Yep, new lessons and tips are added on a regular basis. (more…)

Randy B. Singer of MacAttorney: Macintosh Accounting Software

Randy Singer, leader of the 9.000+ member strong MacAttorney User Group, co-author of multiple editions of the well-loved Macintosh Bible, author of the ABA’s The Macintosh Software Guide for the Law Office, writer of the MacAttorney Newsletter, and popular presenter, recently commented that it can be hard to find all of the alternatives for Macintosh accounting software. He notes that, “even though the myth that “there are no accounting programs for the Macintosh” is prevalent, the truth is that this has always been one of the Mac’s better covered areas.”

So, he has created a page covering currently-available offerings. The page is in the early stages, and it is incredibly informative.

Check it out – maybe even contribute to the conversation:


Visit MacAttorney.


Podcast News: Guy Kawasaki’s Remarkable People

Omug President and past Apple User Group Regional Liaison Steve Welsh shared some exciting news recently: Guy Kawasaki launched a new podcast on December 4. The podcast, titled Guy Kawasaki’s Remarkable People, offers interviews with thought leaders, legends, and iconoclasts, including Margaret Atwood, Woz, Martha Stewart, Phil Zimbardo, Arianna Huffington, Robert Cialdini, and Stephen Wolfram. His premier episode was an interview with Dr. Jane Goodall. Wow!

Have a listen.

Guy Kawasaki’s Remarkable People

Thanks to Steve Welsh for this great tip!

Blast From the Past: The Original Macintosh Team

Tony Vitale of the Long Island Mac Users Group (LIMAC) and TalkMacTech recently posted a link to unseen footage with interviews of Andy Hertzfeld, Mike Murray, Burrell Smith, Bill Atkinson, Susan Kare, and George Crow.  These mini-interviews were recorded in October of 1983 for possible use in Macintosh commercials. Remember how you fell in love with your first Mac? Andy and the team clearly loved these machines too.

Proposed Commercials featuring Mac team Members in October 1983, Full Demo Reel

Long Island Macintosh Users Group:

Thanks Tony!

Meeting Ideas: iPhone Night Mode Photo Challenge

Many groups have photo contests and engage in photo walks. Did you know that Apple is currently offering a Night mode photo challenge? iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max offer a best-in-class camera experience, and Apple in interested in seeing stunning Night mode shots from users around the world. 

Why not combine a Today at Apple Photo Skills session with night photography at your group’s next meeting? Do your members have a photo they would like to submit? Photos can be shared on Instagram, Twitter, Weibo, or via email. See the news release for submission details. The challenge ends January 29, so don’t delay.



Ambassadors: January is a great month to check out Today at Apple.